There has been many stories about a ‘Message in a bottle’ but there is always two things that always spring to mind, the song from The Police and the Movie, stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman
"Message in a Bottle"(Song) is a 1979 song by The Police, from their second album, Reggatta de Blanc.
The song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, he has not received any sort of response, and despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore, finding out that there are more people like him out there. The Police debuted the song on a live television show called “Rock Goes to College”, filmed at Hatfield Polytechnic College in Hertfordshire, England. The Police donated all money earned from the show to the school.
Message in a Bottle (Movie) is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on a novel with the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the film stars Kevin Costner, Robin Wright Penn, and Paul Newman. Message in a Bottle was filmed in Maine, Chicago, and Wilmington, North Carolina in the United States.
Theresa Osborne, a former reporter, works as a researcher for the Chicago Tribune. On a trip to Cape Cod, she finds a mysterious, intriguing love letter in a bottle in the sand, addressed from Garret to Catherine. She is fascinated by it and comes into possession of two more letters by the same person, eventually tracking down the man who wrote them, Garret Blake. He has refurbished a boat called Happenstence with his wife before her death and he lives quietly on the Outer Banks of North Carolina near his father, Dodge.
Theresa and Garret become better acquainted, but she does not reveal her knowledge of the love letters. Along with the literal distance between them — they live hundreds of miles apart—there is another problem: Garret cannot quite forgive Catherine for dying and leaving him.
Theresa’s career flourishes as the romantic tale of the “messages in a bottle” is told in print, without naming names. Garret makes a trip to Chicago to visit Theresa and her young son. Their new love grows, until one day Garret finds his letters in a drawer in Theresa’s apartment. Garret angrily confronts Theresa, and after a night of explanations, he goes home by himself.
A year later, Dodge tracks down Theresa. He informs her that his son Garret has died at sea in a storm while attempting to rescue someone else. A bottle with a message inside was found on his boat. Theresa realizes that it was written a night before Garrett’s last sailing. In it, he apologizes to Catherine and says that in Theresa he has found a new love, a love he must fight for.